Research and Education
The Netherlands is a popular study destination for students, especially in higher education. Dutch students are also increasingly doing work placements, internships, or degrees abroad. NUFFIC, which is a Dutch organisation for internationalisation in education encourages and facilitates this development along with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Netherlands.
Internationalisation in education is important as global movement increases and it becomes advantageous for young people to gain experience in interacting with people from different backgrounds. Not only does that apply to the primary and secondary levels of education, but also to higher education. Uniquely, the Dutch higher education system consists of three different levels; technical vocational training, applied sciences degrees and academic degrees.
Education in the Netherlands
The Dutch education system features many different types of schools, each offering a curriculum geared to the pupils' needs. Secondary education paves the way for vocational or higher education. The higher education system aims to provide top-quality teaching and training at professional or academic level.
Children in the Netherlands enjoy 8 years of primary education and 4, 5 or 6 years of secondary education (depending on the type of school). After secondary school, they can go on to vocational education or higher education.
There are both public and private institutions at all levels of the education system; the private institutions are mostly based on religious or ideological principles.
Higher education is divided into two types: higher professional education (HBO), provided by HBO institutions (known locally as hogescholen), and university education (WO), provided by universities.
Higher education in the Netherlands is popular among foreign students due to its wide offer of English-taught study programmes and excellent price-quality ratio. To find out more about studying in the Netherlands visit www.studyinholland.nl.
- Ministry of Education, Culture and Science
- Nuffic, the Dutch organisation that administers bursaries, provides information about studying in the Netherlands and helps students to go abroad
- Education in the Netherlands
- Higher education | Government.nl
- Study in Holland
- (National) scholarships administered by Nuffic
- Fact sheets: All about a career in Academia, Research and Science in the Netherlands
- Universities of the Netherlands (UNL)
- Vereniging Hogescholen (association of Universities of Applied Sciences)
Research in the Netherlands
The Netherlands aims to maintain and grow its status as an innovative knowledge economy. To achieve this, carrying out research and stimulating innovation is vital. The Dutch government spends more than €4.5 billion on science every year. Dutch scientific research ranks among the best in the world and the government is taking measures to maintain this status. The government also aims at encouraging scientific research to address the challenges facing society and industry.
About 25% of research takes place at universities, about 15% at research institutes and most -about 60%- within commercial enterprises. If you are aiming for a career in research and technology, the Netherlands can offer a wide array of opportunities. Browse the links below to find out more about doing research and the research landscape in the Netherlands.
- EURAXESS Netherlands contains information for researchers that are considering the Netherlands as their destination for research
- Fact sheets: Everyong you need to know about a career in Academia, Research and Science in the Netherlands
- Research Landscape | EURAXESS Netherlands
- Dutch Research Council (NWO)
- KNAW The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences is an advisory body to the Dutch Government